Maryland Delegate Unjustly Goes After Baltimore Ravens Linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo For Supporting Same-Sex Marriage
Last week Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti received a letter from Maryland delegate Emmett C. Burns in regards to linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo and he wanted him punished. What was the reasoning? It was because Ayanbadejo supports same-sex marriages and is involved in the community to help a ballot initiative pass in November.
He wrote “I find it inconceivable that one of your players, Mr. Brendon Ayanbadejo would publicly endorse Same-Sex marriage, specifically as a Raven Football player. Many of my constituents and your football supporters are appalled and aghast that a member of the Ravens Football Team would step into this controversial divide and try to sway public opinion one way or the other.”
Maybe he should read some of the comments from an article on March 9, 2011 there’s also a Youtube video.
Later on he makes a claim in the letter that reads “I know of no other NFL player who has done what Mr. Ayanbadejo is doing.”
The only question that comes to mind is how many football players has Burns come into contact with? It didn’t take long to find a June 12 column about Houston Texans linebacker Connor Barwin supporting gay marriage. He tweeted this “On a serious note, I stand by Obama on marriage equality! I believe ALL families deserve the same rights. Those of us with gay relatives and friends understand how meaningful and positive this is!”
On May 17, 2011 Ravens wide receiver Donte Stallworth tweeted his support for same-sex marriage. Did the team get a letter as well?
July 12 Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe created a radio ad with his support. He said that since Minnesota doesn’t have marriage equality that it’s “anti-American and anti-freedom.”
Maybe Burns would have been happy if the comments weren’t in support such as former New York Giants wide receiver David Tyree? Or how about at the college level with how Nebraska Cornhuskers assistant coach Ron Brown uses the school when he goes to city council meetings to speak out against homosexuality.
A number of current players and retired players joined together in May stating their support for a gay teammate. The list of names include Robert Griffin III, Trent Richardson, Coby Fleener, Eddie George, Jevon Kearse and Ahman Green.
It’s also not just football players getting involved earlier this year Oakland Athletics pitcher Brandon McCarthy called out the operator of the kiss cam after a game in Anaheim. He tweeted “they put two guys on the ‘Kiss Cam’ tonight. What hilarity!! (by hilarity I mean offensive homophobia). Enough with this stupid trend.”
On a side note get better soon Brandon.
The saddest part about the letter is the hypocrisy. Ayanbadejo has a valid opinion and he has right to express it without being disciplined by the Ravens. So, when this got suggested “I am requesting that you take the necessary action, as a National Football League Owner, to inhibit such expressions from your employees and that he be ordered to cease and desist such injurious actions.”
It shows how ridiculous the letter truly is and if he actually believed for a moment that there would be any type of punishment he’s only fooling himself. The reality is he’s likely to get kudos from the organization for having such strong beliefs and sticking to his convictions. Only ramification from the letter would be exactly what Burns thought Ayanbadejo’s comments were going to do to the Ravens fan base will actually happen to him.
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